Action County: Bruce Perry Jr.
Every so often, an athlete comes along that does things no one has ever done before, and does it earlier than anyone expects. The next one might be living in Dillon.Bruce Perry Jr. is only 9, but is already compared to Jeremy Bloom, the former Univ. of Colorado football player that is currently tearing up the World Cup moguls tour. Bloom recently won five straight cup events.Perry is a moguls skier, too. His dad, Bruce Perry Sr., was a long-time competitive moguls skier. Perry Sr. put skis on his son’s feet at 2, and was teaching him the nuances of flying through the bumps when Perry Jr. was only 4.”I don’t remember it, but I’ve got a lot of pictures of it,” Perry Jr. said of his first skiing experiences.Some might think Perry Jr. is being pushed into skiing moguls, a part of the mountain most do their best to avoid. But Perry Sr. said it was his son who initially showed interest.
“He looked at my old photos and awards from 18 years of competing,” Perry Sr. said. “I took him to a pro mogul event when he was 4, and he said I want to do this.”The young Perry likes to ski all over the mountain. When he’s not training with Team Summit four days a week, he likes to go through the park, find deep powder in the trees and drop into the back bowls. But when asked where he likes to ski the most, his answer is short and sweet.”Moguls are the best,” he said.The young skier’s passion is paying off. Last weekend at the Sports Illustrated for Kids NextSnow SEARCH, Perry Jr. had the highest moguls score of the weekend out of 156 competitors aged 9-13. After retiring from professional mogul skiing, Perry Sr. turned to moguls judging. One of the young skiers drawing attention was a 10-year-old Bloom. Perry Sr. said the similarities between Bloom and his son are obvious.”There’s a lot of comparisons,” Perry Sr. said. “A lot of the coaches and former competitors that competed with (Bloom) are all saying he looks like a mini Jeremy.”
Perry Jr. said seeing his buddy Bloom travel all over the world winning World Cup events makes his own goals seem attainable.”(Bloom) always has confidence,” Perry Jr. said. “I want to do that, but it’s gonna be hard to keep that much money.”Have you ever gotten hurt skiing?”I’ve never sprained (anything), but I got hurt on a jump down at Vail, trying to pull a heli. I crashed it hard. It didn’t make me want to stop. I just got a little gun shy.”
What’s your best trick?”My best trick is a 360. I can do them off of aerial jumps. I’ll probably try to do a 720 next year.”Do you want to play football too, like Jeremy Bloom?”Yeah, but not when I get as old as him. I don’t want to bang my knees up.”
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